Tara Graves, of Healthpoint Laser Clinic, has been working with women for many years and has always made it her mission to empower them through the beauty treatments she offers at the Kelowna Laser Clinic. As a former makeup artist, model and professional theatrical dancer she understands firsthand the direct connection between looking one’s best and the confidence it builds from within.
Known as Kelowna’s “Skin Magician”, Tara treats skin conditions such as rosacea, fine lines, and acne while also fixing problems with skin pigmentation, visible veins, and scars. There is no shortage of lasers and other tools to use as her magic wands. The results from treatments, such as the clinic’s exclusive 5D Facelift, have been amazing her clients for years as well as taking years off the appearance of their skin.
In August, Tara decided to take the mini makeovers she accomplishes every day in her clinic to a whole new level. She handpicked local businesses to collaborate on a unique project she named The Ultimate Okanagan Makeover. As the group came together, the prize package quickly reached a value of over $5,000.
The final prize package included:
Laser facelift by Healthpoint Laser Clinic
Makeup, hair, brows, lashes and nails by Xccessorize.Me
Photography by Sarah Beebe Photography
Teeth whitening and dental exam by Landmark Dental
Wardrobe by Mavazi Apparel
Organic Spray Tanning by Boho Glow
Food and drinks for the Live Reveal party provided by Basil & Mint Restaurant
Professional videos and interviews by Leanne Allen, Culture Vulture TV
There was no hesitation by the businesses approached to collaborate on this makeover project, recognizing that Tara was on a mission to give one lucky winner the chance to look, and more importantly, feel her best. The contest was launched on Facebook at the beginning of September and entries rapidly poured in before the October draw date.
At the Live Reveal Party held in November, winner Yvette Moore said, “I was over the moon to have won The Ultimate Okanagan Makeover. What a dream come true! My month was filled with pampering and primping. I felt like a princess! Thank you to all the sponsors for making me feel and look like a million!”
The original contest post is still up on The Ultimate Okanagan Makeover’s Facebook page, and you’ll find a long list of comments below it. The comments range from brave women telling stories of challenges they’ve overcome, struggles they’re currently facing, and others cheering on these women writing, “You deserve this! I hope you win.”
These posts and comments will stay on the page as a reminder of how deserving, empowering and encouraging women can be. With such a significant interest in The Ultimate Okanagan Makeover’s first contest, Tara adds, “I look forward to hearing more amazing stories from the next round of contestants. I had so much fun getting to know Yvette and pampering her.” Tara plans on holding the successful event at least once a year moving forward. There is also a male-focused makeover in the works, as the men in our lives that need pampering cannot be forgotten!
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